The following is an interview by the Foundation of Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), which is covering a case at Marquette University where the administration censored a student for having the following quote on his dorm room door:
“As Americans we must always remember we have a common enemy, and enemy that is dangerous, powerful and relentless. I refer of course to the Federal Government.”
As you can see, this quote is extremely dangerous to the health and well being of the rest of the students at Marquette University, especially since the quote was made by the evil, and subversive columnist… Dave Barry. I don’t know the context of the quote, but given that Barry is a humorist, it was probably meant in a humorist way.
Here is the video:
I think Barry hit it when he talked about the fact that administrators are so afraid of someone being offended. There is no right in America to not be offended. If we allow this kind of thought control and speech control to continue, it will eventually silence the gospel. After all, what is more offensive than a message that tells men and women that they don’t measure up in God’s eyes, and need a Savior?
As for Dave Barry, I thought this would be a wonderful opportunity to share some of his humor.
Whenever I write about art, I get mail from the Serious Art Community informing me that I am a clueless idiot. So let me begin by stipulating that I am a clueless idiot. This is probably why I was unable to appreciate a work of art I viewed recently, titled: “Chair.”
I saw “Chair” at Art Basel, a big art show held recently on Miami Beach. It attracted thousands of Serious Art People, who wear mostly black outfits and can maintain serious expressions no matter what work of art they are viewing. This is hard, because a lot of Serious Art consists of bizarre or startlingly unattractive objects, or “performances,” wherein artists do something Conceptual, such as squirt Cheez Whiz into an orifice that has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for snack toppings.
But no matter what the art is, a Serious Art Person will view it with the somber expression of a radiologist examining X-rays of a tumor. Whereas an amateur will eventually give himself away by laughing; or saying “Huh?”; or (this is the most embarrassing) asking an art-gallery person: “Is this wastebasket a piece of art? Or can I put my gum wrapper in it?”
As you can see, I’m a fan of Dave Barry. I like his humor, and his ability to offend almost every group of people know and unknown to man with equity. He is kind of like the Chief Petty Officer I knew in the Coast Guard who said, “I’m not prejudiced. I hate everyone equally.”